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Tonight - GetUp and register

door to new voters. A - a High Court ruling opens the

Cinderella moment - the PM

defends her school building program. Victoria's bushfires

qualify the stay-or-go policy.

Reluctant witness - Naomi

Campbell at a war crimes trial.

Good evening. Welcome to ABC News. I'm Virginia Haussegger.

The High Court has opened the

way for thousands of voters who

thought they'd missed out to

get on the electoral roll.

Activist group GetUp has won a

challenge against the early

closure of the polls. Now to process an estimated 100,000

extra enrolment s. Political

correspondent Greg Jennett. There were 14 million enrolled

voters when Tony Abbott and

Julia Gillard started their 21st day of campaigning. Julia Gillard, thank you. But many

more by the time they'd

finished N Canberra, the High

Court delivered swift justice

getting heard in a case that only started

getting heard two days

ago. There are 100,000

Australians who enrolled seven

days late. They will be able to

exercise their right to

vote. First time voter Shannen

Rowe and a fellow activist

challenged early closure of the

electoral roll under laws introduced by the Howard

Government and the High Court ruled in their favour. Everyone

is like are you excited. I was

excited about what? Didn't you

hear, you won. I was like oh,

my God. It was amazing. Huge to

give those people the right to

decision clears the way for

thousands who tried to enroll

or update their details in the

week to the 26th of July to get

on the electronic version of

the electoral roll. But there

could be many thousands more

who didn't even try and no-one knows precisely how many. What happens with those who didn't and no doubt someone

can launch a case in the future

in a really close contest that

they were denied the vote

because they didn't think they could. The decision has lumped a

a load on the Electoral

Commission. With just two weeks

to go, the rolls had been

printed. Those now being

processed will have to come on

polling day with proof of

identity, get checked off on a

computer and then receive their ballot papers.

In an attempt to retain her

current job, Julia Gillard's

having to defend the way she

did her old one. The PM has

spent the day justifying her

handling of the school building stimulus review has found costs blew out

as the money flowed. But Ms

Gillard said the schemes saved

jobs and would do it all again.

Tony Abbott says the findings

are proof she can't be trusted

to run an economy. Mark Simkin

reports. Moving forward reports. Moving forward can be

risky, especially when a

forklift is moving backwards. Oh! Julia Gillard

toured a distribution

centre. Oops. Lost my

shoe. The trip ended with a scene from sind arela. It

fits. It's not glass, thank you

very much. The PM was there to

talk jobs. Especially those

saved by the Government

stimulus program. Here in this

country we stepped up to

protect jobs. They did that in

into part by pumping $14 billion

into schools. The so-called building the education program is delivering

much-needed infrastructure to

school communities. While

achieving the primary goal of

economic activity across the nation. Brad Orgil's

investigating allegations of

waste and rip-offs. His task

force received complaints from

involved fewer than 3% of the schools

involved in the program. The majority of complaints raise

valid concerns, about value for

money and school level

decision-making. The program involvement in

inflated building costs by up

to 12% with around half that

caused by the speed with which the projects were rolled out. I

made a judgment about saving the country from recession by

investing in schools. I stand

by that judgment and I would make it again today. Most of

the problems are in NSW public

schools where the costs were

national average. There, more significantly higher than the

than 20% of the money went into

management and design

fees. While libraries cost less

than $3,000 per square metre in

the State's Catholic schools,

they cost more than $4,000 in

Government schools. I welcome

the scrutiny that the report brings.

brings. It has 14 recommendations. And the Government accepts them all. If

you can't manage a school hall

program properly, you can't

trusted to manage a $1.1 trillion economy properly. Leaders from elections past are still haunting this campaign. Mark Latham resurfaced in Parliament

House. It's a nice Canberra day. A former Liberal leader gave Tony Abbott a leg up. Please believe that we can win this election. Please

believe that! But another

provided a put-down. In your

view is the Coalition ready for Government? No. No? No.

Tomorrow attention turns to a

third former PM. Kevin Rudd

will meet Julia Gillard in

in six frosty weeks. He's promised to help and Julia

Gillard insists no deals have been done to get him back in

the tent.

The Nationals are on a 2-day

blitz of central Queensland,

hoping to capture two key

marginal Labor seats. But the

party doesn't officially exist

at a State level and that

certainly made campaigning a little tricky for the

Nationals' leader. We join

Warren Truss on the campaign trail. He's taking a spin through central Queensland.

Warren Truss is in the driver's seat of the National

Party. The trouble is, locals

aren't sure who he is. Do you

know the name of the Nationals' leader? No. No idea. Yeah, probably asking the wrong person. National Party,

no. Does the name Warren Truss mean anything to you? No. heard the name. Could you put a

face to the name? No, probably

not. Instead, it's his trusty

sidekick who is stealing the

show. Mr Truss denies he has a

recognition problem. I'm the

leader of a party that particularly represents

regional Australia. I don't

appear so much in the capital

city newspapers

about the regions. Regions he's

got his eye on are the marginal

mining seats of Dawson and Flynn. The Nationals are hoping

controversy resentment about the mining tax

controversy could get them over

the line in both. I will put my house on it that the National

Party will be returned with

more members of Parliament than

they have currently. With nine

MPs and five senators, the

Nationals are fighting to

retain a strong presence within

the Coalition. Part of the

problem for the Nationals in this

this campaign is that

technically the party doesn't

exist in Queensland. Since the

Coalition merged here. That's adding to Warren identity crisis. We're about achieving results. That is not

about an individual person. Achieving result s

albeit with a few false starts.

The man at the head of the

inquiry into the Black Saturday

bushfires has defended his support for the controversial stay-or-go policy. But Bernard

Teague says it would be a

disaster if his report was taken as an unconditional endorsement. All three

commissioners spoke exclusively

to the ABC. The commission

didn't recommend abandoning the stay-or-go policy, but chairman

Bernard Teague says people shouldn't mistake that for

unqualified approval. I

challenged the notion that we've kept the stay-or-go

policies. We haven't. We've

kept the fundamental basis. But

he says that doesn't mean

people can stay all circumstances. We're

saying it would be a disaster

for that to continue. We're asking the population to become sophisticated in their

thinking. You may stay if it is

a regular bushfire, if you have vulnerable family members, you

are better to go. Bernard

Teague revealed never really considered making US style

evacuation the primary response to bushfire. There were too

many problems in going down

that track. It was a seductive option. I think in the final

analysis we were satisfied that

the circumstances in the US were different. The chairman describes the commission's

report this way... I see it as

being one of those reports that

would be hard to ignore, one

that wasn't trying to push too

hard on the basis that we might

get more as a result of pushing

too hard or one so soft that we are bound to have have recommendations accepted. It wasn't that that

we were trying to make it easy.

We wanted it to be easy for the

people to get a good out come

from the commission. Not easy,

perhaps, but possible. A coroner has found three

doctors at a plastic surgery

clinic failed to properly care

for a 26-year-old woman who died after having liposuction. Family of the

patient is calling for tougher regulation of the cosmetic

industry. Lauren James's death was preventable. Had she

received better post operative

care. She was a great girl. We

miss her so much. No family should have to go through

things like. This it is

horrible. At 26 she was fit and

healthy until she had

liposuction at this Caulfield

Plastic Surgery Clinic. Three days later she collapsed and died. Her complaints of severe

pain were ignored by

doctors. She was told to take a

pain killer. When she finally

collapsed the only response was

bring her to the clinic we'll

take a look at her. Coroner

Paresa Spanos found surgeon

Tam Dieu's response to the

complaints was inadequate. She

said the wait and see approach

taken by Dr Dieu and his two

colleagues proved fatal. This

surgery is not what you see on

television or read in a

magazine. There are risks. Just

look into it. Be careful. I don't want anybody to go through what happened here. The

coroner said Ms James's death

highlights the need for day linics to provide proper post

operative care and for medical

staff to have clear lines of

responsibility. Responsibility shared is responsibility

reduced. The doctors could have

saved her life. Instead one

chose to go to the library, one

chose to go home early, one

chose to go to the gym. The

family has called for laws that put patients first.

Simon Dal Zotto plans to sue

the doctors and the clinic.

A Perth man at the centre of

a fraud case which has sparked

debate over the wearing of a

burqa in court has been seriously assaulted. Yesterday

Anwar Sayed's lawyers told the

court he'd been the subject of

death threats during the controversial case. controversial case. Anwar

Sayed was taken by ambulance to

hospital in a distressed state with injuries to his face and chest. It's alleged he was

stopped in his car on his way

to his solicitor's office and attacked through the

window. He's got lacerations on his body. Stab wounds? No, lacerations. Mr Sayed is facing

trial accused of inflating

numbers at a Muslim ladies college to claim almost $800,000 in Government

grants. Case received widespread publicity because

one of the witnesses apply

today court to wear a burqa

while giving evidence. A move

questioned by Mr SS 'Alert's

defence. Because of this he

says the Muslim community is

very upset. Obviously a lot of

people are out and upset at him. Court was told Mr Sayed

received death threats and the

family says the alleged assault

raises further safely concerns. Our family has been going through a lot of

success. We've had our cars attacked several times before. Each time we've

reported it to the police but

they never followed it up. It's

an appalling state of affairs. We're

it. Police are investigating

the alleged roadside assault

but no witnesses have come

forward. Even though his

injuries are minor, we are

treating it as a serious

incident. Police say there is

no record of the Sayed family

reporting the death threats. His lawyers are yet to lodge a

formal complaint about their

fears for his safety during the trial.

The US State Department has

issued a new report on

terrorism saying al-Qaeda is

still the biggest threat to the United States. The annual

terror assessment says al-Qaeda's core group in Pakistan remains effective,

despite suffering some setbacks

last year. It has proven to be

an adaptable and resilient

group whose desire to attack the United States and US interests abroad remain

strong. The report puts added

pressure on the Pakistani

Government as the President meets with the British

PM. During a visit to the region last week, David Cameron criticised Pakistan's record on

dealing with terrorists. Naomi

Campbell says it was

inconvenient, but her testimony

at the war crimes trial of

former Liberian President Charles Taylor could be

crucial. Taylor is accused of helping fund a bloody war in

Sierra Leone by selling 'blood' dieldz. The British supermodel

was forced to appear after

admitting she accepted a bag of

the gems from the former

President in 1997. This is

well within the comfort zone

for the super model, but this

walk as a witness in the trial

of the former Liberian

President was unwanted and forced by prosecution subpoena. I didn't really want

to be here. So I was made to be

here. Obviously I'm wanting to

get this over with and get on

my life. This is a big

inconvenient. She was asked about a charity dinner she had with the then Nelson Mendela

back in 1997. Also on the

guestlist, the then Liberian President, Charles Taylor, who

stands accused of fuelling a

deadly rebellion in Sierra

Leone using 'blood'

uncut and illegal. Some were

allegedly delivered to Naomi Campbell later that night. I

saw a few stones in there. They

were very small, dirty looking

stones. She says she gave the

diamonds to a friend from the

Nelson Mendela Fund. The fund denies ever receiving them. The

super models evidence is crucial in the case. Charles

Taylor consistently said he

never dealt with the 'blood'

diamonds. He's charged with

using profits from the sale of

the gems to fund a terrible

civil war in Sierra Leone which

left 120,000 dead and many mutilated. Naomi never wanted to talk about that

night. I won't speak about that

thank you very much. We're not

answering these questions. But

there was no escaping the Hague

courtroom. She's used to the

cameras and the publicity, but

this is attention she never

wanted but couldn't escape.

And still to come on ABC

- the Wallabies prepare for the

toughest of challenges to keep

the Bledisloe Cup alive. Up to

288,000 job losses and billions of dollars taken from the economy. That's the grave

finding of a new report which

looks at the cost of big water

cuts to communities under the Federal Government's Murray

Darling Basin Plan. Irrigation

dependent towns say their futures hang in the balance

until the plan is released.

Environment reporter Sarah

Clarke travelled to the Griffith in

Griffith in the riverina, a

region likely to sufer the

most. The Riverina in NSW

south-west is one of the

nation's major food baskets,

producing grapes and vegetables. The area's future hangs in the balance with the release of the Murray Darling Basin Plan

expected to gut growers water

entitlements. I have a son who

is 15 years old and very keen

to pursue a career in

agriculture. That won't happen

for him and we won't be here

after - if the cuts are too large. A

large. A new independent report

has found a 50% cut in water

allocation will see 28,000 jobs

lost throughout the

basin. Griffith is an

irrigation dependent region and

would be the worst hit with a

20% reduction in employment. It's not just about

farmers. It's about shop owners and business people, accountants, lawyers. Everybody

in the community will suffer.

But the draft release of the

report is now delayed another

month and retailers say

consumer spending is also on hold. We've got four hold. We've got four stores

throughout the region and three

are reporting at least a 40%

downturn in downturn in sales. Some

graziers who argue they've been deprive ed of a flow say there

is no urgency. The plan has

been three years in the making

and another month won't

hurt. Environment groups say the long-term sustainability of the basin must be the driving factor. A scientifically robust

basin plan is the only thing

that will protect and restore

the Murray Darling Basin. The

final plan won't come into

affect for four years in all States except Victoria, who

will implement the plan in

2019.

To finance and the global

wheat price surged to new highs overnight. The Russian

Government banned wheat exports. As Alan Kohler reports, share markets and currencies were flat. There had been speculation of ban by Russia, but the future's

markets were surprised when it actually happened last night as

the Government tried to protect

exporters from breach of

contract claims and tried to

keep diminishing wheat supplies

at home. Temperatures across the Russian steps are averaging

38 degrees and there is

bushfires and the worst drought in more than a export ban will be lifted in

December. While it is great

news for Australian wheat

farmers, it's not great for

inflation. On the that subject,

the Reserve Bank came out with

the quarterly monetary

statement and unusually has not

changed any of its settings. Growth next year, 3.75%.

Inflation 2.75%, rising to 3%

in 2012. Not too hot, not too

cold, but you know the rest.

Here's a graph of the wheat

price since the start of 2008.

As you can see, although the

price shot up 84% in the past two months because of Russia's misfortune, it's only halfway back to early 2008. When it was

hitting $11 a bushel, the

Reserve Bank put up interest

rates twice in February and

March, even though the global

financial crisis had already begun. It was still worried

about inflation. So we'll see

what the wheat price spike does

to interest rates. The share

market was flat as a tack

today, as was Wall Street last night. And the Australian dollar today. Basically

resources stocks went up and

banks went down A part from that it was about agribusiness

because of the wheat price. AWB

and elders and GrainCorp rose.

I'll be back on Sunday with

'Inside Business' and the CEO

of Tabcorp, Elmer Funke Kupper,

and the CEO of Linc

Energy. We've all heard the platitudes about how more bikes

in our cities and fewer cars on our roads will encourage healthier lifestyles. But

experts have told a Canberra forum, organised by the Heart

Foundation, that aesthetics are

a crucial incentive and that a get people moving. They want

developers to commit to healthy planning principles by

submitting health impact

assessments. When it comes to open spaces some, are more

equal than others. Just because

you build it, people won't

necessarily go there. You need

to make it a place people want

to go to. That is a challenge.

So much of our public space you

drive past at 80km/h. You look

out the window, but no-one uses

it. Getting that it. Getting that accessibility, making it the sort of

environment people want to go

and be active in is critical. Planning experts say people

need better diversions to break

the beaten path between cubicle, car and couch. And

hopefully to deplate the

growing obesity rate, which is

costing the economy $58 billion

a year. Getting people is the most important thing we

can do. The health consequences

are as important as we took

smoking as an issue ten years ago. As more health,

environmental and economic problems intersect, health advocates say political will is shifting. Around the country

we're seeing good examples beginning to things. But they

say Government shouldn't have

to bare all the responsibility. Heart

Foundation has issued national

guidelines on urban design and

it wants mandatory health

impact assessments for

developers which it says is a

cheap way to ensure smart

design. If they don't achieve

those healthy planning impact

assessment activities then the development won't go

ahead. It's an all or nothing

approach. Experts warn there is

much to lose.

The Wallabies will need to

snap an 8-game losing streak to

New Zealand if they are to tomorrow night. A week after

they were blown off the park in

Melbourne, the Australians say

they are confident they can

lift their game in

Christchurch. Beaten, but not

broken. Only the brave would

back the Wallabies, but maybe

they're due. A betting man would say the odds would say the odds are in our favour. Zero from

eight. Believing is the first

part of winning. If you don't

believe, I don't think you

should turn up to be honest. If

you go into a game like, that you've

you've lost. Under the extreme

pressure applied by the All

Blacks, the Australians

crumbled on Saturday night.

After a week of intro specks,

they've resurfaced with a defined outlook. We believe we

can beat a New Zealand team. We

have at super 14 level. My last

eight encounters haven't been successful. There is no shortage of confidence the jaubz. They haven't been

beaten in Christchurch for 12

years. A sobering thought for

the Wallabies. The world's best

believe they can get better. You want to put

together a good performance before going on the road again. That's a motivating

factor. We'll have to match it

and be better. There are a lot

of statistics around, but what

is most important is we have a

game to play. Whoever is most willing on Saturday night will win that match. An All Blacks

win will clinch the Tri-Nations

and the Bledisloe Cup. The

Australian men's hockey team

has overcome the sternest test

so far at the Champions Trophy

to remain undefeated and

qualify for Sunday's final. Kookaburras beat the

host nation, Germany, 3-1 after

trailing during the first half.

The prize for the Kookaburras was a game, even though there is

another match to come against the Spanish. The World Cup finalists, Germany and

Australia, produced a thrilling opening with opening with opportunities at

both ends. Before the hosts took the lead from their first

penalty corner. Scores! Abbott

picked up a to level the scores. But the

Kookaburras could have slipped

behind again. The Germans paid

for their misses in the second

half. Dwyer Dwyer Dwyer was the provider for Abbott's

second. Brilliant finish. And

in the 57th, Dwyer Dwyer put the points beyond Germany. With

Australia through, five other

nations are eyeing the

remaining spot in the final.

Second-placed Germany is best placed. Tiger Woods five-year

reigning at the top of reigning at the top of the rankings could end this

weekend. He fired his worst

score in 45 rounds at the Firestone Country Firestone Country Club. At

4-over par, he's 10 behind the leader, Bubba Watson. A

challenger for world number

one, Phil Mickelson, lies equal second at 4-under. Australia's Adam Scott sits alongside Mickelson, two strokes Mickelson, two strokes behind

Watson. And Commonwealth Games

positions are on the line when Australia's netballers take on

Jamaica in Melbourne on Sunday.

Norma Plummer, the coach, will

be assessing combinations

before trimming her squad from

15 to 1 2. We have one in each

area of the court we want to

test out and give them an

opportunity to make sure what

we select going into the

Commonwealth Games is the right 12. Australia plays Jamaica

three times in a week. They

meet in Sydney on Wednesday and

the thirs test is next weekend

on the Gold Coast. To the

weather - it was a lovely,

sunny winter's day. A top of 12.

According to the satellite

image, low cloud over Victoria

and Tasmania and cold south-westerlies is bringing

light, isolated showers. There

are clear skies over the inland

as a high pressure system moves

N on the synoptic chart we can

see a high pressure ridge will

bring a sunny day to the east

after a cold morning with the

slight chance of coastal

showers for NSW. Cold, southerly winds blowing

there. Now a quick look around the nation:

Here in Canberra it will be almost a perfect repeat of

today. Early fog and mist,

clearing to a fine, sunny day

with light winds. A top of 12

and overnight low of minus 3.

Wake up time tomorrow is 6:03.

And before we g a recap of

our top story - the Electoral

Commission has begun processing

around 100,000 late enrolment around 100,000 late enrolment s

that became valid after a landmark ruling in the High Court today. And that's ABC

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you with a new exhibition in

Brisbane on fashion designer

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